Asking for help isn't always easy. It can make you feel vulnerable or inept. However, as a business owner, knowing when and how to ask for help is very important. You can’t do it all or more importantly, there may be areas you just aren’t an expert. Let’s get this out of the way real fast, it is okay to ask for help. You can and should, in fact! Realize that asking for help can sometimes be the determining factor between failure and success. If you are like many business owners, sometimes you know you need to ask for help, but go about it the wrong way. Not intentionally, of course. Here are some tips that will assist you well before hitting the SOS button:
Understand your weaknesses – This is the most important part of the process. You need to understand the areas you are less than stellar and also areas you just don’t like working.
Have a plan – All businesses should have a plan. In fact, most will have a few plans; a marketing plan, a business plan, etc. Have a plan in place and know where you want to go.
Determine your needs – Now that you know your weaknesses and your plans for the future, you’ll be able to clearly recognize where you may need help at any given point in your business.
Ask for help before you need it – It’s not uncommon for a business owner to reach out for help when they are needing to meet a deadline or in times of stress. We’ve all been there, in fact, I’ve been there a few times myself. Connecting with providers before you need them to assist you; will prove beneficial to your business and your stress levels! Less stress equals happier you. And, a happier you mean a better attitude towards business.
In summary: Understand your weaknesses, have a plan, know your needs and then get help before you need it!
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